ACCESSES – A Madroa is one of the most famous viewpoints in Vigo. In Santiago de Compostela, the district of Conxo begins.
DISTANCE – 126 km.
POINT OF DEPARTURE / ARRIVAL – A Madroa (Vigo) / Barrio de Conxo (Santiago de Compostela).
ROUTE – Vigo, Soutomaior, Campo Lameiro, Cequeril, Luou and Santiago de Compostela.
DIFFICULTY – High. A very long route over uneven terrain. Recommended to be done in stages.
DURATION – 36 hours.
CONNECTIONS – With the GR 53,58 and with the PR-G 20 and 29.
MATERIAL – If you plan to do it “in one go”, you are advised to take sufficient protective clothing and food.
SERVICES – In Vigo, Redondela, Soutomaior, Vilarchán, Xesteira, Sacos, Cimadevila, Cequiril, Sebil, Cuntis, Portela, Vea, Luou and Solláns.
The GR 94 pathway, located in the south-west of Galicia, is a road that joins the sea and the mountains, running south to north.
In Vigo, the route draws near two promontories famous for their panoramic views: A Madroa on the Vigo Ria and Castro de Negros over the River Maceiras valley, Redondela and San Simón bay. The first landmark in the road is Soutomaior Castle, a medieval stronghold in a harmonious setting.
Leaving behind the Church of Rial and the Comboa Bridge over the River Verduxo and after a short deviation, the route surprises us with the Almofrei Bridge and its extraordinary location. Here, the river runs down forming deep pools in a steep, rocky area.
Rural architecture can be seen in the Rascaderia hórreos (raised granaries), in the old Cuspedriños fair and in Cequeril church-rectory complex. The symbolic, ancient carballeiras (oak groves) add their beauty to the pathway in San Xusto. The petroglyphs are a reminder of a remote past that walkers can find in Paredes.
This route could also be known as the “Pathway of the Bridges” due to the numerous rivers that it crosses. We could highlight the Roman bridge over the Lérez, single-span, high and slender, and in a completely different style, the suspended bridge at the salmon fishing site and recreation area of El Xirimbao, next to the River Ulla.
Petroglyphs consist of open-air rupestrian engravings made during the Bronze Age. This original example of early art in Galicia are mostly to be found in the province of Pontevedra. Among the most often-repeated geometrical motifs are bowls, circular combinations, labyrinths, spirals, etc. They also depict different kinds of weapons, and anthropomorphic and zoomorphic figures (deer, horses and snakes).
CARTOGRAPHY I.G.N. 1:25.000
No 94-IV Santiago de Compostela, 120-II Extramundi de Abaixo, 120-IV Padrón, 152-II Caldas de Reis, 152-IV Cutián, 153-I Codeseda, 153-III Cerdedo, 185-II Pontevedra, 185-IV Soutomaior, 186-I Cotobade, 223-II Redondela and 223-IV
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